So you’ve come across the Keurig K Cafe. It’s the only Keurig machine on the market that allows you to make those milky espresso based drinks, letting you sit in the garden, with a few friends, and have coffee club at home. All while saving a couple of bucks.
We’ll cover everything you need to know to decide if this coffee maker is right for you, with our Keurig K Cafe review.
The Important Stuff
There are a couple of things that you need to think about when looking for a coffee maker, before you get into all the bells and whistles. There’s no point buying a coffee maker because it can make 15 coffees at once while doing a backflip, if it’s not going to fit on your kitchen top.
Value – 5/5
Alright, yes the Keurig K Cafe is a little on the expensive side. It’s certainly a mid-high end coffee machine, but it shows. You really feel like you have paid a fair price for what you get. I mean, there aren’t too many coffee machines out there that let you make barista style drinks, with ease, for this price.
Plus, it’s not like you’re going to be buying coffees when you’re out and about either, when you have your Keurig K Cafe sitting at home. So you’ll be saving money on all the coffees that you don’t buy in the long run.
If you were to go to any home appliance shop i’m sure you’ll be paying more than what you can get online. You can check the latest price on Amazon for some good deals.
Quality – 4.5/5
Like with all other Keurig machines, the build quality is spot on. It’s strong and doesn’t feel hollow or like you might accidently put your finger through it. Because of the law of averages, you might be super unlucky and get one that could break in 6 months. It’s unfortunate, but these things happen. And if you’re the unlucky sole that this happens too, no dramas. Keurig have you covered under a 1 year warranty.
Most people keep their Keurig for 4 or 5 years, some even longer. It just depends on how well you maintain it, and keep it clean.
The quality of the coffees this machine produces is very high. I mean, you can go from nothing to a cappuccino in the same time it takes you to que, and place an order in starbucks. And you get a pretty close quality beverage.
Size – 3.5/5
This coffee maker is pretty large. Its dimensions are 17.3 x 14.2 x 14.4 inches. Not a problem if you have quite a bit of room on your kitchen top, but you’re going to want to make sure this coffee maker has a permanent home. At over 14 pounds, you don’t want to be lifting this out of the cupboard every day and putting it back.
The features that come with the Keurig K Cafe and the types of coffee you can make at the quality are enough to make up for the extra room it takes up, for sure. But, you just want to be confident it’s going to fit somewhere.
Aesthetics – 4.0/5
With the machines matte black plastics and the occasional silver that’s thrown in there means it’s going to fit into any kitchen that you find it in. It has a very smooth and sophisticated feel to it.
The one thing you may not like, which didn’t bother me, but it’s quite bulky and blocky if that makes sense. I know some coffee machines out there are slick and streamline, but not the Keurig K Cafe. It’s not at all a problem, and I guess i’m just nitpicking. I know that the other machines out there that are streamline and slick don’t make barista style coffees.
User Friendliness – 4.5/5
Super easy to use. My grandma (who doesn’t have the internet in her house) could figure out how to make a perfect latte. The milk frother takes no skills to froth at all, simply pour your milk in the compartment, select hot or cold, and by the time you get the biscuit tin out – voila, it’s done!
It really is easy to clean too. The drip tray can be removed, and so can the water reservoir, which is something you wouldn’t really consider unless you’ve had one before. It’s handy because you don’t have to angle your pour awkwardly to fill up a water reservoir that doesn’t move. Simply take it over to the sink.
The Bells and Whistles
If you’ve had a K cup coffee maker before, then you know they come with some pretty nice features. These are some that come with the Keurig K Cafe.
Firstly, the most important feature of the Keurig K Cafe. This makes it stand out from the rest of the crowd of Keurig machines. It is so easy to use this feature, and the coffees you will brew will be so good that you’ll wonder why you haven’t had one already.
Being able to wake up, and within 10 minutes you can be sitting on your patio drinking a latte to enjoy the morning, is a reason to get out of bed. I do love black coffee, but sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to a delicious milky drink, and the Keurig K Cafe allows that.
Huge 60oz Water Reservoir
This is a huge water reservoir for your coffee maker. It just makes the Keurig that little bit easier to use, and also brings its maintenance levels down, as you’re not having to refill it a couple of times a morning.
Auto Shut-Off Feature
Why would you need this feature? Well, firstly, you’re going to forget to turn the machine off one morning, and when you’re on your way to work you’ll remember. No need to turn around though. Keurig has your back as it’ll turn off 2 hours after the last brew was made.
This is going to save you money on your energy bills as they’re not the cheapest things to run. Whatever the reason, you’ll find this feature handy, I’m positive
I know with the coffee machine my inlaws have, you have to press a button for it to wake up and start heating, and you can’t select what coffee you want brewing until the machine has reached optimum heat.
Not the end of the world, but annoying that you have to wait next to the machine with the lights flashing at you, until it’s ready for you to tell it what you want. With the Keurig K Cafe, it’s all one process. No need to wait around. Just tell it what coffee you want, and it’ll begin to brew your coffee when it’s ready to. It’s the little things that make a difference and this is one of them for me.
Reusable K Cup Compatible
I understand that there are a lot of flavours and types of roast you can choose from with the K Cups, but it’s nothing in comparison to the amount of different coffee beans you can buy. I personally prefer to use a reusable K Cup, not only because it means I’m not contributing to the billions of plastic K Cups that are thrown in a landfill each year, but the choices in coffee open up.
Ideally, the Keurig K Cafe allows you to use reusable K Cups. I can choose whatever ground coffee I like and brew it.
We all like our brews at different strengths, which is why Keurig has tried to cater for everyone with the Strength Control feature. You can choose to have your coffee super strong if that’s what floats your boat, or if you like your coffees to taste that bit more milky, then no dramas, you can do that too.
Who Shouldn’t Buy This Coffee Maker?
The truth is the majority of people are going to get a lot of use out of their Keurig K Cafe, but obviously it depends on what you’re looking for if its right for you. If you relate to these statements below, make think of getting something else.
You Want Carafes Of Filter Coffee
Although you can make a range of different espresso based drinks with the Keurig K Cafe, it doesn’t let you brew carafes or filter coffee. This isn’t a problem for me, but if you’re living in a house with a lot of people that like to drink filter coffee, it’s probably better you go for a coffee maker that lets you brew 10 or 12 cups of coffee in a carafe at once.
You Don’t Care Much For Milk Drinks
The biggest feature of this machine is the milk frother, and being able to make lattes and cappuccinos until your heart’s content. If you don’t like drinking these styles of coffee, I’d go for something that doesn’t come with a milk frother.
There’s no point forking out a decent chunk of money for a coffee maker if one half of it isn’t going to get used.
You Don’t Have Much Space
This is a large machine. If you don’t have space for this machine to sit somewhere permanently, then I’d advise you to get something a little smaller. Most machines are smaller than this one.
If you have a small area but still want a coffee machine, you can check out our article on 5 cup coffee makers, which are bit smaller and still let you brew a decent amount of coffee.
The Pros and Cons Put Simply
- You can make lattes and cappuccinos with the milk frother or a Keurig single serve coffee with K cups
- Allows you to use whatever coffee beans you want with the reusable K Cup filter
- Dishwasher safe frother for an easy clean up
- Brew strength control feature
- Large water reservoir
- Energy efficient with the automatic shut off feature
- It’s a very large coffee maker so it will take up quite a bit of room on your kitchen top
- At the higher end price range for a coffee maker
As far as coffee makers go, I’d put this close to the top. It really makes a latte or cappuccino with great ease, and you have the option of having an americano if you’d like. It’s also easy to clean and maintain which is something that makes your life easier.
If you’re after a coffee machine that’s going to deliver top quality espresso based milky drinks, then the Keurig K Cafe is your one.
Incase you’ve decided that the Keurig K Cafe isn’t for you, we’ve found some different Keurig coffee makers that might be better suited.
This coffee maker is similar to the K Cafe, but it’s just that bit smaller that it might be perfect for those of you that don’t lots of space. It still comes with a milk frother, allowing you to make those milky drinks still, but without compromising space.
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker
We’ve also found a great coffee maker for those of you that want a carafe of filter coffee. But, you can also brew a single coffee from the single serve side. This machine is ideal if you want to brew a carafe to keep warm all morning, so you can keep topping up your cup
If you like the sound of dual coffee makers, we’ve got an entire article on them, lucky you!